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Editor's Note
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 12:00 am
This month’s Illinois Issues cover story on “Young black males” is recommended reading as the nation turns its attention again to Ferguson, Missouri. In the article by Maureen Foertsch McKinney,
Editor's Note
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 12:00 am
 This week’s cover story by Scott Faingold, “Punk paradise in Southtown,” p. 12, brings to light a little-known cultural phenomenon in Springfield. A half dozen youth-oriented enterprises h
Editor's Note
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 12:00 am
 Many of us are hoping that Bruce Rauner won’t be as bad as we think he’s going to be. Even some of his supporters are secretly pleased that Mike Madigan is still in control to shield the sta
Editor's Note
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 12:00 am
The billboard towering above Wabash Avenue still proclaims, “The Benedictine PROMISE: affordable and attainable undergraduate education.” It is a promise broken. Last Thursday the Benedictine Univ
Editor's Note
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 12:00 am
As the State of Illinois cuts back its financial support and hours of operation for parks and historic sites, volunteers and donors are more important than ever. Last week the New Salem Lincoln League
Editor's Note
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 12:00 am
 Mddle East peace could begin in the Midwest, at Illinois College in Jacksonville. Why not? The historic progressive institution is thinking big and reaching wide by inviting Jimmy Carter, the fo
Editor's Note
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 12:00 am
 Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Jennifer Gill is getting high marks for candor in the way she describes the dismal graduation rate, test scores and racial disparities of District 186.
Editor's Note
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 12:00 am
A couple of us picked the few remaining green beans and eggplants, while others harvested Swiss chard and white radishes. A grocery bag full of sweet potatos is what’s left of the plot of deep-green
Editor's Note
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 12:00 am
Voters are turning out in record numbers for this year’s Best of Springfield survey. The ballot, beginning on p. 28, appears in the print edition for the last time this week, but online voting conti
Editor's Note
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 12:00 am
Last week’s NAACP-sponsored community forum on race relations has started a healthy discussion in Springfield. Once again it has raised the subject of minority hiring in the police department. Mayor

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